Music fans are invited to listen, lounge and lunch with Arts at the Palace Saturday, Jan. 12, as the popular Jazz at Noon returns to kick off the New Year.

Trumpeter/host Jim McDowell will welcome back keyboardist Barry Blumenthal, bassist Rich Mollin, and trombonist Ethan Cypress to make up a quartet of vastly talented musicians. Jim’s wife Dianne Adams McDowell will also drop in for some tunes, and the featured vocalists will be their multi-talented son Mason McDowell as well as Caiti Fiorello, who is on winter break from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Jim McDowell said Jazz at Noon was something that was inspired by events he attended while living in New York City.

“We used to have a church that got a bunch of musicians together for a big jam session on Sundays,” he recalled. “They included everyone from headliners to Wall Street brokers, and they would all just come out and jam. I thought that would be a great way to synergize all of the talent here.”

Now, he has brought that big city flare to the more intimate setting of Hamilton and Arts at the Palace.

“We have really built up a good following in the community, and the Saturday at noon time works well for the musicians because they can still play their other gigs that day,” Jim said.

Chartwells will offer lunch and dessert to purchase. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Arts at the Palace is located at 19 Utica St. in Hamilton.

For more information, visit artsatthepalace.org or call 315-824-1420.